Grants spread wealth of public TV, radio
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 09, 2000
The U.S. Commerce Department recently awarded nearly $26 million in grants
to103 organizations to help create and strengthen public broadcasting services
in communities nationwide.
Through the department's Public Telecommunications Facilities Program
(PTFP), 56 public radio stations, 41 public TV stations, five noncommercial
groups and one university project will use the money primarily to maintain
and upgrade their equipment or convert it to a digital format, spokesman
Art Brodsky said.
Nineteen communities in 15 states will use the money to start new public
radio services for about 434,000 people. Program funds also will be used
for the purchase or planning of five distance-learning proposals.
The winners include:
* The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System
received about $300,000 for an interactive videoconferencing system that
will be used by the school system, the governor's office, Northern Marianas
College and the Commonwealth Health Center, among others.
* The Tohono O'odham Nation received about $400,000 to activate a new
public radio station in Sells, Ariz., for about 20,000 people living on
2.8 million acres of reservation lands.
* The Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission received about
$3.2 million for the digital conversion of the state's nine public TV stations,
which serve more than 1.6 million people.
The PTFP grants have been administered for more than 35 years. According
to the Commerce Department, program assistance has enabled public television
to reach about 95 percent of the country's population, and public radio
has reached 90 percent.
A complete list of grant recipients is available through the department's
National Telecommunications and Information Administration Web site at www.ntia.doc.gov.
The PTFP grants for 2000 http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp/projects/2000/index.htm
"Communities split millions to fight divide" [civic.com, Sept. 29, 2000]
"Conn. public TV gets $2M to go digital" [civic.com, July 3, 2000] /civic/articles/2000/july/civ-comm5-07-00.asp